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Derek Adams

Derek Adams
Derek Adams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Time Out, Time Out Sydney

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/6 79% Sharkwater (2007) Faintly egotistical biologist-turned-filmmaker Rob Stewart spent four years making this investigative doc and the result, despite his tendency towards over-earnest, stoner-esque commentary, is enlightening, shocking and more than a little worrying.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2008
2/6 93% U2 3D (2007) Bono should refrain from ramming his preachy political meanderings down our throats and let the music do the talking. Even if some of that music becomes a little stultifying.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2008
3/6 79% Black Water (2008) Tapping into the primeval fear generated by these perfectly evolved killing machines, the filmmakers ratchet up the tension, while sustaining our interest in the fate of the trio.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2008
3/6 49% Man in the Chair (2007) A fair-to-middling contemporary fantasy drama that, despite its surfeit of flashy effects, is mildly charming in the way it addresses the injustice of old folk having to live out their final years in decrepit homes.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2008
2/6 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) Let's not be too Scrooge-like; there are pockets of charm, and some of the effects are quite good.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
4/5 93% Enchanted (2007) It's only when the story hits the streets of NYC and Adams starts hamming it up (much like Julie Hagerty did in 'Airplane') that we start seeing the fruits of a grand Mickey-take.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
2/6 37% The Killing of John Lennon (2006) Chapman was on a simple, skewed quest for infamy. And he got it. One gathers he'd be chuffed to see this film. And that's the biggest issue of all.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2007
1/5 15% Hitman (2007) There's a cool opening credits sequence, but beyond that 'Hitman' doesn't make much sense, is encumbered by clunky dialogue, some amateurish performances and clichéd set-pieces we've seen umpteen times before.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2007
5/6 100% Inside Planet Earth (2008) Whether it's a crisp aerial shot of a wolf taking down a caribou, night footage of lions tackling an elephant, there isn't a moment that doesn't fill one with awe.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2007
2/6 67% Shoot 'Em Up (2007) This is seedy, morally defunct, low-IQ cinema for airheads: it's toe-curlingly violent and mostly plain nasty, but quite fun in a debauched kind of way.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/6 54% Seraphim Falls (2007) The overweight middle section is repetitive, contrived and, well, boring. But at least the views are spectacular and Brosnan, especially, is likeably quirky.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2007
51% Halloween H2O (1998) While Carpenter's film was all about economy and a skilful use of empty space, Miner's busy compositions have a cluttered feel that is echoed by superfluous orchestral music.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2007
3/6 79% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) Leth's gritty, haphazardly edited film plays like a music video, with jagged rap sequences interlaced with urgent handheld Super 8-style footage and a stonking shanty-blues soundtrack.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/6 41% Shrek the Third (2007) A shame it lacks the smart sassiness of its predecessors. Time to call time, we think.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2007
4/6 49% The Flying Scotsman (2006) There's much to admire here, even if you're not into cycling. Douglas Mackinnon's made a fine fist of a great little underdog story.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
85% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) An affecting inquest into the nature of courage, mortality, grief and the healing power of faith.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 3, 2007
14% Wild Hogs (2007) Petrol-headed fifty-somethings into Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers will probably relate to some of the funnier scenes. The rest, including pre-teens, are advised to avoid it like el plago.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2007
66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) The first 20 minutes of this competently animated kids' adventure are entertaining enough. But thereafter, the plot fractures, the pace goes into overdrive and the jokes wear thin.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2007
43% Sign of the Pagan (1954) An immensely interesting though finally unsuccessful film.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2007
78% Charlotte's Web (2006) Youngsters will warm to the barn's talking animals and perhaps even shed a tear at the sight of a spider shuffling off the mortal coil. Arachnaphobes, though, are advised to approach with caution.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) Luc Besson's half-baked live-action/animated fantasy looks like it was invented on the hoof: it's erratically plotted, poorly animated, overly derivative and too insufferably cute to interest anyone above undemanding toddler age.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2007
31% Unaccompanied Minors (2006) Irresponsible content notwithstanding, it's the low standard of filmmaking that really defies belief.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
75% Happy Feet (2006) Director George 'Babe' Miller has pulled off a coup with this one; he's raised the benchmark to a whole new level, both visually and conceptually. Bravo.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
43% Night at the Museum (2006) ... an aimless and riotous mess.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
15% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) You've got to hand it to director Michael Lembeck... he's succeeded in persuading studio bosses to let him make not one but two sequels from premises that were dead in the water from the word go.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2006
65% Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) A warm, mature, thought-provoking film that is, at times, surreal, often hilarious and ultimately very touching. Nice one, Bobcat.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2006
63% The Island (2007) Both heartfelt and ultimately optimistic.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2006
22% Barnyard (2006) Loud, raucous and dispiritingly unfunny.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2006
33% DOA: Dead or Alive (2007) An ideal vehicle for Yuen, who is a dab hand at filming imaginative hand-to-hand combat sequences.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2006
82% Bugs! (2003) Trouble is, both the script and Dame Judi's delivery are a bit old-fashioned.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2006
86% The Haunting (1963) What makes the film so effective is not so much the slightly sinister characterisation of the generally neurotic group, but the fact that [director] Wise makes the house itself the central character, a beautifully designed and highly atmospheric entity.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2006
34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) Of the dressed-to-thrill cast, only [Alex] Pettyfer disappoints; he just looks and sounds too bland to be a teen hero. But I'll leave that for the kids to decide.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2006
93% The Saragossa Manuscript (1999) Infus[es] a similar unearthly cadenceo the swashbuckling genre that Jodorowski did to the western with El Topo.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
89% Mississippi Burning (1988) For once, Parker directs without depending on flashy visual tropes.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
43% Someone Like You (2001) It's neither clever nor that funny, the starry cast is underused, and the potential for a much wittier script never fulfilled.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
No Score Yet Gordon's War (1973) Raised out of the ordinary by an ingenious safe raid, an above-average car chase, and some nice location work.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
80% Seven (Se7en) (1995) Fincher handles the violence with sensitivity, announcing its obscenity in spoken analyses and briefly glimpsed post mortem shots, but never showing the murderous acts themselves.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
92% Sleeping Beauty (1959) Although this rarely achieves the heights of classics like Snow White and Dumbo, it still has its moments.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
53% Mr. Wonderful (1993) Writer/director Minghella's second feature brings ambivalence and a touch of realpolitik to the stuff of candyfloss romance.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
80% Quick Change (1990) Not likely to set the world alight, but a neat and engaging little comedy of bad manners.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
60% The Principles of Lust (2003) This first feature from acclaimed TV director Woolcock may not entirely come off, but at least it's not playing safe.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
35% Gung Ho (1986) The hero, though funny, is ultimately unsympathetic, securing through his cosy pacts nobody's position but his own, while the upbeat ending justifies strike-breaking. With comrades like this, who needs class enemies?‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
60% Mystery Men (1999) Usher's amiable spoof of superhero movies takes a brave stab at rewriting the mythology from the inside out, with lots of witty, mildly subversive stuff.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% The Spy in Black (1939) Darkness, foreboding and regret, rather than any sense of propaganda, dominate this extraordinarily atmospheric World War I spy story made on the eve of World War II‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
83% The Great Moment (1921) Recut by the studio and generally considered to be a failure, it's nevertheless an oddly moving film that sticks obstinately and agreeably in the mind.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
85% Modern Romance (1981) Extremely funny, ultra-hip and alarmingly insightful.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
15% The Mighty Ducks (1992) Very lame ice-hockey flick.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
12% Sphere (1998) Three major stars being involved, it all wraps up happily but implausibly.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
80% The Green Mile (1999) The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
57% Pitch Black (2000) A smart, suspenseful sci-fi movie from director Twohy, whose underrated 1996 film, The Arrival, also brought visual imagination and intelligence to the genre.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006